Brokers & agents are invited to a CandysDirt Staff Party event at 5350 South Dentwood July 19, from 3 to 5 pm. Brokers & agents are welcome to bring prospective buyers back to the property from 5 to 7 pm that same day. RSVP’s are being taken at 214-543-9990.

In 1951, when Dallas was still learning to embrace the midcentury modern design movement, oilman Grady Vaughn, Jr. commissioned architect Robert Goodwin of Goodwin & Cavitt to design his waterfront dream home in what we now call the honeypot of Preston Hollow. The home is 9,500 square feet with six bedrooms, seven and a half baths, several living areas on one of the most heavily treed lots in this majestic part of town. The acreage is unbelievable: 1.36 acres that include a serene swimming pool and a large private pond.

5350 South Dentwood was designed to serpentine throughout the lush property, meandering alongside the pond on the Straight Branch tributary, weaving through and around original trees. Buildings developed for their sites have an inherent connection, and you feel it intensely walking around the Vaughn House setting.

The home briefly came to market in the spring when it first became available.  Now, it is back, offered for $5,500,000 from the original list price of $6,900,000, with some very serious sellers behind it.

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This must mean I’m getting old. I remember when they BUILT Regents Park. I loved it then, I love it now. Regents Park would be the ideal place for my next home — not really downsizing, but right sizing in extreme elegance with zero exterior maintenance, but NOT a condo. Regents Park was built in 2003, as the Dallas high rise/brownstone/density living scene was just hitting the gas pedal. It is one of the most sought after living spaces in the Turtle Creek-Mansion Park area. What’s practically across the street?

The Mansion on Turtle Creek.

It is rare that these extremely well designed, commercially constructed homes are available. And 3522 Gillespie, marketed by Emily Price Carrigan, is just hot on the market. It offers four stories of beautifully designed, jewel-box perfection. (more…)

Preston Hollow Contemporary 6331 Lupton Dr 2
Are you looking for a dream vacation? Perhaps you long for the dulcet sounds of a waterfall or romantic dining al fresco? Maybe you’d like a massage after your sauna, then a wine tasting, and a private screening of a favorite film? Our Monday Morning Millionaire at 6331 Lupton Drive is a Preston Hollow contemporary that offers resort-style living without ever leaving home. Seriously, who needs the hassle of travel planning and jet lag? (more…)

Kessler Park Estate
Privacy and space are hot commodities today. It’s hard to find one, much less both, but we have. Our Inwood House of the Week, at 1402 Yakimo Dr., is a Kessler Park Estate in Oak Cliff, set in almost an acre of woods. It’s hard to believe a property like this still exists only minutes from downtown Dallas.

Becky Frey and Jenni Stolarski with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s have this one-of-a-kind 5,363-square-foot secluded estate listed for $1.695 million.

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preston hollow

The five-bedroom home at 6739 Lupton Dr. in Preston Hollow is offered by Ebby’s Penny Rivenbark for $2,399,000.

I’ve lived in Preston Hollow for many years and I think it’s one of the most special neighborhoods in Dallas. With oversized lots and tree-lined streets, it has an out-of-the-city feel, but you can get anywhere in town with ease because of its central location, just six miles north of downtown. Fifty six of the acres that make up the neighborhood used to be a dairy farm, and it still has that country feel: did you know that if you have an acre or more in Preston Hollow, it’s grandfathered in that you can have horses? One resident who takes advantage of that is former President George W. Bush!

Of course, you can’t talk about Preston Hollow without noting the incredible, landmark architecture located in the area. These are some of the most impressive — and expensive — houses in Dallas, many of which are estates and mansions.

When it comes to selling Preston Hollow, Ebby Halliday Companies sold one in three homes in the area in 2016, according to MLS data, the industry gold standard for measuring market share. Ebby Halliday Companies, which includes Dallas-based Ebby Halliday Realtors and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, as well as Fort Worth-based Williams Trew Real Estate, sold 571 homes in Preston Hollow, garnering an astounding 28.5 percent of the market by units. The nearest competitor sold 10 percent. Even when broken down by individual brands, Ebby’s two Dallas-based brands lead all competitors in Preston Hollow.

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Aerial view of home and stables.

Aerial view of home and stables.

Always wanted to have a little place in the country where you could stable a few horses? A 100-acre horse ranch in Anna is your dream come true. And it has some features you probably don’t know you need or want … until you see them.

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3141 Southestern

3141 Southestern

Susan Baldwin considers her job as a Realtor to be “a problem solver.” This year will mark her anniversary in real estate that eclipses Susan’s 15-year run as commercial real estate attorney and ll of that training and experience make her a dogged negotiator.

And if that wasn’t enough, her accounting background has made her a whiz with numbers.

Since 2002 when Susan Baldwin joined Briggs Freeman and partnered with Ginger Nobles, she’s added miracle worker to her portfolio.

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GetMedia.ashxOne of Dallas’ Real Housewives and her LA-house flipping spouse, Travis,  just snatched the bargain of the century on a house that may well be the most notorious dirt in town. I am talking about 3816 Turtle Creek Drive, which was built by Braden Power, as you may recall, back in 2005. The home was famous for, among other things, the swimming pool in the main foyer! Built of the highest quality materials, the home is exquisite: when Braden thought one element was wonderful, he put in 10 and added swans! The master closet rivals the couture department at Neimans size-wise with a sitting room, wet bar and desk. The jacuzzi spa is indoors and part of the upstairs media room. Yes, that is the point: you sit in or out of the oversized spa while watching the tube, clothes completely optional. Mais oui. (Must have been a blast on election night!) Sixty percent of the upstairs is devoted to the master suite, including a whole room for a shower, that indoor spa jacuzzi with television, a separate bathtub room, coffee/wine bar and of course, the room where you actually sometimes really sleep.

Downstairs there are two kitchens, formals, the pooled foyer, and a fabulous infinity exterior pool and yard overlooking Turtle Creek.

We have loved 3816 Turtle Creek since she was a gleam in her daddy’s eye. She even has a name: Casa Bellamini and was featured on HGTV’s Million Dollar Room. Once Braden built the home, he tried to sell it but the market did not cooperate — remember Lehman Brothers? First Erin Mathews listed it back in early 2010 for $6,900,000, getting it again in July 2010. No go. Even Marilyn Hoffman had her hands on this deal, raising the asking to $7,900,000. In January of 2011, a Chris Lowdon listed it for $7,900,000 or $929.41 a square foot. Yeow! And then, sometime in between all these agents, Braden covered the pool in the foyer.

You always want to be the first-born, the second wife and the third agent: Along comes Doris Jacobs to the rescue. She sells the home on March 24, 2011 for a whopping $7,900,000 to none other than Lee Bailey, then the fresh ex-wife of restaurateur Ed Bailey. Lee proceeds to make the home respectable: no more wild parties, talks to both Sherry Hayslip, whose husband, Cole, designed the home, and Trisha Wilson about the interiors, and takes the cover off that pool in the foyer!

Fast forward to 2016: Lee Bailey wants to sell, she enlists Doris again who lists the home at $8,895,000 after more than a million dollars in renovations, and in a much healthier market. In June, shocker: Lee changes agents to Kelly Watson with Keller Williams Urban, a lovely woman from Zimbabwe, South Africa. Then shocker of all shocks: Lee and Kelly bring on Concierge Auctions, who, as you know, can get the job done lickety split. (“3816 Turtle Creek is for the elite and someone who really loves to entertain high end black tie, but also casual AFFAIRS”) 3816 Turtle Creek Drive is going, going, GONE on November 14, 2016 for… are you ready because it’s LESS THAN DCAD…
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